Nutritional needs for senior cats
For an older cat, nutrition is especially important. As your cat grows older, feeding time can be a real challenge for both you and your cat. Because your cat’s nutritional needs may change or fluctuate upon reaching senior status, it’s important to understand the reasons behind them.
Facts about Senior Cats and weight
If you notice your cat is eating the same amount but still putting on weight, it could be attributed to a slowdown in your cat’s metabolism or a decrease in activity. Senior cat weight problems are more common than you might think. Too much weight can lead to certain medical conditions often associated with senior cats, such as heart, respiratory, urinary tract, skin and joint problems. Smaller quantities of food or a gradual switch to a lower-calorie food, and more exercise, may help pare down the kilos.
If your senior cat has no problem eating but is losing weight, it could be the result of heart disease, thyroid dysfunction or diabetes mellitus. However, when feeding older cats, some owners may notice that their cat eats less and loses weight - this could be due to painful periodontal disease (teeth and gum disease) or kidney disease. Any abnormal changes in your older cat’ weight should be discussed with your vet.
If your cat has a loss of appetite, it could be due to a reduction in taste sensation, which will affect the amount of nutrition your cat takes in each day. The loss of appetite can also be connected with disease, so you should consult with your vet. If your cat showing signs of reduced appetite, try feeding pouches or food with a taste you know your cat loves.
The Right Nutrition Can Help
Now there is help available. NEW Science Plan™ Senior 11+ Healthy Ageing pet food contains Omega-3 fatty acids along with an exclusive blend of antioxidants and other nutrients that help fight ageing changes. This easy to chew and digest formula is uniquely tailored for older cats and comes with:
- Controlled mineral levels for optimal kidney health and reduced accidents in the home
- Essential amino and fatty acids to help maintain healthy organs and maintain natural immune system function
- L-Carnitine to support lean muscle mass and increase agility
- Exclusive antioxidant bundle to increase human interaction and mental clarity
Choosing the right senior cat nutrition can lead to a long, healthy life for your senior cat. For more information about what’s best for your senior cat’s nutritional needs, consult your veterinarian.